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Display Name: Elizabeth at WarLock Manor
Member Since: 1/21/09

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All of these are on point, and #3 is my biggest flea market pet peeve! I'm always astounded by how little spacial awareness some flea market shoppers seem to have- either elbowing past me to get to their find, or parking themselves cluelessly in a narrow aisle.

I'm curious about camera etiquette- and whether vendors and buyers have a different perspective. When I'm antiquing, I always ask the shopkeepers if they allow photography and follow their rules. In an open-air flea market (I've been a regular at Alameda), photographs are allowed and encouraged by the producers, but I've still been scolded by certain vendors. What's the rationale on this?

5 Things Not to Say (or Do) at the Flea Market
7/14/14 01:18 PM

Your suggestion to hand to samples one-by-one is a fantastic solution! I've seen this at the markets too, and love it- it discourages idle grazing, and allows the customer and vendor to have a personal, purposeful interaction.

5 Things Not to Say (or Do) at the Farmers Market Farmers Market Etiquette
7/9/14 09:35 PM

To clarify my comment, I'm not sure on the rules at each of the Seattle farmers' markets. We see plenty of dogs, but we've chosen not to bring our Pearl- she's well-behaved in public settings, but the markets tend to too crowded to navigate with an 11-month-old 80 pound beast in tow! I'm all about accountability- I'd feel terrible if my puppy knocked something or someone over, or if she gave in to temptation and sampled some granola that was at her nose-level. Basically, Pearl and I will never be the reason that a "No Dogs" policy is instituted!

Megan's point IS valid, and I'm sorry that she's had a bad experience with dogs at the market. But- I do hope that she's able to address the issue on a case-by-case basis.

5 Things Not to Say (or Do) at the Farmers Market Farmers Market Etiquette
7/9/14 04:08 PM

I used to manage a children's bookstore. People used to tear pages and ask for discounts. They'd let their kids run wild through the shop. Sometimes they'd try to throw their revolting food court waste in the tiny bin behind the counter, and sometimes they'd just leave it on the shelves for me to find and clean up. And it truly stung when "customers" would avail themselves of our comfortable environment and friendly staff, reading for an hour and asking for personal recommendations- and then leave empty-handed, often telling us that they shopped on Amazon and would "find it cheaper."

Part of doing business is doing business with irritating or rude people. The fact that you only do a couple markets per week (likely only during the brief Seattle market season) makes these complaints seem particularly petty. Brick and mortar businesses experience your woes many times over, and most don't post proclamations of dos and don'ts as if they are entitled to special courtesy. It's one thing to bemoan the general deterioration of polite behavior in society, it's another thing entirely to disparage your customers.

It's also bizarrely short-sighted to discourage purchases of your product from other vendors. I won't reiterate the points that other commenters have made on this, but I just can't make sense of this complaint. Your goal should be to get your product on as many shelves as possible, to earn name recognition, and to foster positive relationships with retailers who are essentially marketing on your behalf. To do anything contrary to this is just… foolish.

As to dogs at the market: as a vendor at a public farmer's market, you're subject to their policies. If they allow dogs, you could set up your booth to prevent canine contact with the food, or you could find another venue. If customers are violating a no-pets policy, address the issue with the offenders or the market coordinator directly. A passive-aggressive gripe is simply nonproductive. Seattle is incredibly dog-friendly, and I love that the city is open to my Great Pyrenees and I- but we always obey the rules. I'd hate to think that less respectful dog owners might close doors doors for all of us.

5 Things Not to Say (or Do) at the Farmers Market Farmers Market Etiquette
7/9/14 02:04 PM

Kristin (from The Hunted Interior) should be in this round-up! Her brass pendant certainly qualifies as a cheap and easy DIY: http://www.huntedinterior.com/2014/02/make-pendant-101.html

Amazing DIY Lighting:
10 Projects Under $50 Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies

3/7/14 12:40 PM

From a homeowner who inherited tile countertops: the surface is an uneven, crumb-catching nightmare, frustrating to work on and impossible to keep clean. I can't wait to address the problem with a sledgehammer and install literally ANY other option.

Tired of Granite? 8 Countertop Alternatives to Consider
2/12/14 02:06 PM

I'll join the crowd and laud Molly & family for valuing the personal history -and- the architectural beauty of this home. It's lived-in, inviting, a home and not an address.

But... I don't understand why this site forces people to apologize for their square footage or their zip code. The story is charming, but would the home be any less lovely if the family had simply bought the house? No- but so many commenters would have tried to shame them.

And then, the comments knocking the remodeled kitchen... another baffling AT attitude. This community expects people to "maintain the original character" of fine old homes, but often ridicules them when they have the money to do so. If (God forbid) they modernize in an affordable way, someone tells them they've ruined the house.

I've been pleasantly surprised by the positive overall response that this tour has garnered- but I shouldn't have to be. This is a platform, not an inquest!

Three Generations Living Together in Beverly Hills House Tour
7/2/12 02:26 PM

Yummmm... I definitely need to get into a crumble-baking habit again. My strawberry-rhubarb recipe is on my old blog:


I've also found that packets of flavored oatmeal (i.e.: cinnamon & brown sugar) work great for the topping, and also make it easy to make single-serving crumbles: one peach and one packet of oatmeal in a ramekin.

How To Make a Fruit Crumble with Any Kind of Fruit Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn
6/8/12 11:55 AM

That really is a blank canvas... I think we could all be more specific (and helpful) in our advice if we had a concept of what the rest of the house looked like, or what inspires you.

As it is:
- Not much you can do about the lack of ventilation, unfortunately.
- Paint will give you the most noticeable change (cheaply). Make sure to go glossy, as this must be a pretty damp room.
- Looks like you have plenty of room for free-standing storage or floating shelves.
- TP holders & towel bars are very cheap at the hardware store or Target- that's an easy fix.
- Potted plants can be very happy in steamy bathrooms!
- Go thrifting!

How To Decorate My Boring Bathroom?
Good Questions

5/23/11 06:30 PM

erinstl... I second the Wicked Plants recommendation. I have a signed copy from the Bone Room in Berkeley (a wonderful place to go for other wicked natural things, by the way!).

Wicked & Wonderful Plants: My Personal Arsenal
5/20/11 11:17 PM

Lovely, classic bathroom (though that rug looks like it needs a little trim?). You really can't go wrong with black and white- and going with a newer storage cabinet in white helps it blend with the space.

Adding Storage to a Vintage Bathroom
5/20/11 10:45 PM

I have the little rabbit dish and adore it! It holds my engagement ring whenever it's not on my finger:


10 Bathroom Bargains for $10 Or Less
5/17/11 04:00 PM

SheenaB... My thoughts exactly. I don't get the idea of traveling for an Anthropologie.

Design Inspiration: New Anthropologie in Vancouver
5/17/11 03:46 PM

seam2stressed... It's true, but I'll never learn :D I love the look of apothecary jars and bottles, and since we're in a 1 bathroom apartment, it helps dress it up for frequent guests.

I'm bookmarking the colander idea for when I have kiddos- it's important to dry off tub toys and keep them clean!

5 Items From Your Kitchen To Use In Your Bathroom
5/17/11 03:43 PM

This is brilliant in that it's so obvious... and yet so few people do it. Bookmarked for my future kitchen!

Cheap But Special Tile Flooring: Cut 12" Tiles in Half
5/14/11 12:09 AM

Were I single and catless, that bathroom with the pink tufted stool would be just the thing. Alas, fiancé would groan about the colors, cats would be an unstoppable force of scratching and destruction.

Also: Are your image credits matching up with the order of the images? I'm clicking on a link and not seeing the picture I was after...

Traditional & Classic Bathrooms from Around the Web
5/12/11 11:22 PM

I'm a proponent of the spray bottle- at the very most, it's simply unpleasant for the cat, and if you do it right, they don't associate the punishment with you. When I yell or say no, my cats seem to take it as a challenge and deliberately disobey.

As for plants, I gave up and bought fakes... and now my cat chews on those too. You can't win!

Indoor Plants: How Do You Keep Your Cats Away?
5/11/11 04:26 PM

I disagree with the other commenters that call this cluttered. It's a lot, yes, but the arrangements are so purposeful and curated. When I think of clutter, I think of piles that never quite make it to their final destination. That's clearly not the case here.

I'm intrigued, and I'd love to see some higher resolution images.

Tiffany Porter's Greenpoint Apartment
Time Out New York

11/9/10 05:43 PM

Oooh, thank you for sharing! As a newish transplant to the Bay Area, I'm working my way through San Francisco neighborhoods- and always looking for good tips!

Kelly's Guide to Bernal Heights
San Francisco, California

11/4/10 01:23 AM

That green set could mingle nicely with many old-fashioned floral patterns. Truly granny-chic!

Modern Tea Sets
11/1/10 08:47 PM